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Morning all.

Last weekend we took the children to Pippins Farm in Kent for Apple Day. We picked apples, played games with apples, watched apples being pressed, drank apple juice and sampled some delicious apple cakes. They certainly know how to work a theme down there.

Inspired by something I tasted on the farm, I have created these. They are on the naughty side, I admit, but they can be made in stages, and I managed to whip them up quite quickly last night once the Gruesome Twosome (as I affectionately call them) were fast asleep. Perfect for a Halloween cake sale or autumn coffee morning. The children love them.

(My son’s little ghostie friend came to see what I was up to.)

Toffee Apple Crumble Muffins

Ingredients

The ingredients list may look rather long, but I promise you these are easy. First off, simply whizz up your crumble topping and set to the side, it can even be made in advance and kept in the fridge for when you need it; and any left over can be frozen for next time. The dry ingredients (bar the apples) can be weighed and mixed in advance, for example while baby sleeps, to get a head start. You’ll need a 12-hole muffin tin, lined with paper cases.

For the crumble topping

150g plain flour

100g butter

75g caster sugar 

Simply pulse together in a food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. (Don’t worry about the odd lump.)

Remaining ingredients

350g plain flour

3tsp baking powder

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

150g caster sugar

½ tsp salt

2 eating apples, cored, peeled and cut into small dice (the only faffy bit, I promise)

50g raisins (a couple of handfuls)

100g unsalted butter, melted (use the microwave)

2 eggs, beaten

200ml plain yogurt (I use Yeo Valley natural)

70ml milk

Ground cinnamon

1 tin Carnation caramel for cooking

Method

  1. Make your crumbly topping in the food processor and set aside. Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan/325°F/gas 3
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a large mixing bowl, stir in the sugar and the salt. (At this point you could set your mixing bowl to one side to carry on later if you don’t have time to do everything now.)
  3. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix together the melted butter, the eggs, the plain yogurt and the milk.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together (one-handed if needs be!). Fold in the raisins and the diced apple. Do not overmix and don’t worry about lumps.
  5. Divide the mixture among the 12 cases, and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top of each one. Next, using a teaspoon, dollop some caramel on top of each one (see photo below) and then finish off by scattering over the crumble topping. Bake for 25-30 mins (check after 25).

 Enjoy!

Dollop on the caramel as so:

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